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Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Management Faculty & Staff Students

Course teaches students about food sustainability, security

Pennsylvania College of Technology applied management student Mallory A. Hoffman (left), of Pottsville, and culinary arts student Alexa D. Scatamacchia, of Fleetwood, prepare their team’s dish in a combined cooking competition and lesson in equitably distributing nutritious food at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Williamsport branch.

In a bright, clean kitchen across town from their usual classrooms and laboratories, students majoring in culinary arts and other fields at Pennsylvania College of Technology learn more about food security, one of many considerations students discover as they explore the topic of food “sustainability.”

Food Sustainability is a course designed for students in the college’s hospitality majors, but available to anyone.

“Sustainable foods are grown or raised naturally,” explained student Janelle R. Becker, of Fort Loudon, who is pursuing a degree in culinary arts. “They are not only renewable but regenerative: They help the environment. It is important to not only help people, but also the earth, to make sure we always have the resources available that we have now.”

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Events Gallery

Delicate and delightful, mixed-media exhibit beckons gallery patrons

A large gallery crowd gathers to listen to the artist’s talk.
A large gallery crowd gathers to listen to the artist’s talk.
Backdropped by one of her hand-cut creations, Nguyen shares her process.
Backdropped by one of her hand-cut creations, Nguyen shares her process.
Peeking from behind the main work, the shadow of a mythological, horned jackrabbit delights on teal-colored paper.
Peeking from behind the main work, the shadow of a mythological, horned jackrabbit delights on teal-colored paper.
Hand-cut “ginkgo leaves” spill out from the base of one of the artist’s lace-like works.
Hand-cut “ginkgo leaves” spill out from the base of one of the artist’s lace-like works.
The exhibit title on gallery glass invites artistic exploration.
The exhibit title on gallery glass invites artistic exploration.

Exquisite, intricate beauty greeted a large crowd of college and community members on Thursday evening at the reception for the first exhibit of 2020 in The Gallery at Penn College. “Gathering the Names,” showcasing work by Missouri artist Sarah Nguyen, offers a delicate dance of hand-cut compositions playing with light and shadow, memory and myth, fable and folklore. Nguyen delivered a talk, sharing her inspirations from Japanese scroll art to French cave paintings, detailing her techniques and answering questions from curious gallery guests. “Gathering the Names” is on display through Feb. 28. The gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library, is open from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer

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Famous dancer-illusionist company performing in Williamsport

Moses Pendleton

The Community Arts Center is providing a unique, sweet treat for northcentral Pennsylvania on Valentine’s Day: a performance that promises to stir the heart, soul and imagination.

“VIVA MOMIX,” a two-act show from renowned dance-illusionist company MOMIX, will take the stage at the performing arts venue on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary season, the Washington, Connecticut-based MOMIX consists of contemporary athletic dancers who use music, props, lighting and inventive choreography to transport audiences to varying depths of emotions. “VIVA MOMIX” is a compilation of highlights from past MOMIX shows.

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January 17, 2020

Tower of Power to perform March 18 at CAC

Tower of Power

Tower of Power, among music’s most dynamic and distinctive acts for more than 50 years, roars into a new decade with a March 18 performance at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Since its formation in Oakland, California, in 1968, through two dozen albums, Tower of Power has forged a reputation as a crack band of high-achieving musicians fluent in all realms of soul, rock and pop music … with a sophistication and punch like that of Big Band jazz.

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January 15, 2020
Admissions Alumni Business & Hospitality Construction & Design Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Nursing & Health Sciences Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Farm Show activities illustrate Penn College’s hands-on magnetism

Sixth-graders from Fleetwood Area Middle School in Berks County proudly show off their keepsake aircraft, some of the 70 or so built at the college's booth that day.

Penn College’s inspiring majors made their customary splash throughout the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 4-11), as a rotating regiment of subject experts satisfied each day’s crowds – intellectually and nutritionally – at the nation’s largest indoor agricultural expo. In addition to the photo gallery below, the college’s involvement was covered by the Pennsylvania Cable Network and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, which featured the schools of Nursing & Health Sciences and Business & Hospitality in its editions.

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Recruitment nears for Theta Phi Alpha, Penn College’s first sorority

Theta Phi Alpha

After determining there is a deep interest in sorority life on campus and reviewing applications from the member groups of the National Panhellenic Conference, Pennsylvania College of Technology selected Theta Phi Alpha, a women’s social sorority with 57 chapters nationwide, as the first sorority to join the Penn College campus. The organization will offer opportunities in leadership development, wellness programming, philanthropy, networking and social offerings. In just a matter of weeks, a committed group of Penn College women will join together as the founding members of Theta Phi Alpha’s newest chapter.

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January 14, 2020
Faculty & Staff Nursing Students

Fall nursing graduates attend pinning ceremony

Pinning ceremony
Graduating nurses fill the CAC foyer in a pre-commencement custom.

Fulfilling a pre-commencement tradition, Penn College’s nursing program hosted a pinning ceremony for December graduates of the Bachelor of Science in nursing, traditional. Twenty-four nursing graduates received lapel pins during the ceremony, held in the Community Arts Center on Dec. 20, the day before the college’s Fall Commencement. They also heard from speakers selected by the class: nursing faculty member Laura K. Landis, assistant professor of nursing; and fellow December 2019 nursing graduate Dustin E. Neumann, of State College. Following program tradition, the students recited the Nightingale Pledge and “passed the lamp” to a future nursing graduate.
Photo courtesy of Tina R. Strayer, nursing office assistant, completion degrees

January 14, 2020
Events Gallery

‘Gathering the Names’ exhibit features intricate cut-fiber panels

“Ginkgo Message” is a hand-cut fiber panel measuring 144 inches by 33 inches.

Gathering the Names” is the first exhibit of 2020 at The Gallery at Penn College, located on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library.

Showcasing works by multimedia artist Sarah Nguyen, who uses folklore as a source of artistic inspiration, the exhibit runs Jan. 14 through Feb. 28. A reception is set for Thursday, Jan. 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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January 13, 2020
Alumni President Scholarships

President, provost launch fund for new-student scholarships

Tomorrow Makers

A fund established to develop an innovative scholarship program at Pennsylvania College of Technology will empower a group of alumni to aid in the college’s recruitment activities.

The Tomorrow Makers Fund, created with philanthropic support from Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost, will be promoted by engaged alumni who are participating in the college’s Tomorrow Makers Program as they help recruit the next generation of “Tomorrow Makers.”

“Our alumni are an invaluable resource in recruiting new students,” Gilmour said. “What better way to convince someone to enroll here than by having them hear directly from a graduate who had a great experience at Penn College and went on to find success in his or her professional career. I am proud to support a program that facilitates this unique scholarship opportunity.”

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January 13, 2020
Corporate Relations General Information Scholarships

New gift boosts Penn College’s largest scholarship endowment

With scholarship support totaling $2.75 million, The Stabler Scholarship Fund Endowment is the largest at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg is providing a new gift of $500,000 to Pennsylvania College of Technology, bringing the total of its scholarship support to students to $2.75 million.

This latest gift from the foundation will help full-time students in several categories achieve their higher-education goals. The Stabler Scholarship Fund Endowment is the largest endowed fund at Penn College, a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Beginning this fall, the college will offer renewable support from the Stabler Scholarship Fund: $5,000 per year for scholarship recipients for up to four years.

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January 13, 2020
Building Construction Construction & Design Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Networking opportunities plentiful at concrete conventions

Penn College's Joseph F. DiBucci (back row, second from left) joins other American Concrete Institute honorees at the organization's annual convention in Cincinnati. In the front row is Tricia G. Ladely, assistant director of the ACI Foundation. (Photo provided)

The School of Construction & Design Technologies’ concrete science technology major was well-represented by students and faculty at a trio of industry gatherings during the Fall 2019 semester.

Joseph F. DiBucci, of Glenshaw, an applied technology studies student and founder/president of the college’s ConCreate Design Club, attended all three: the American Concrete Institute convention, Oct. 20-24 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati; the International Concrete Repair Institute convention, Nov. 11-13 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City; and the Pennsylvania Aggregates & Concrete Association annual meeting, Nov. 18-19 at the Hotel Hershey.

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January 13, 2020
Sports Wildcat Weekly

Penn College basketball teams have significant weekend

Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams are coming off a weekend of special achievements as Ben Sosa joined the ranks of the elite in program history to reach the 1,000-point career scoring mark and the women’s team earned its first North Eastern Athletic Conference victory in nearly two years.

The college’s wrestling team, meanwhile, went 2-2.

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January 12, 2020